CLARKSDALE- Coahoma was finally able to gather together in the confines of James E. Miller Stadium on Thursday night. They were looking to get their first victory of the 2018 season against Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Bulldogs threw the first punch but the Tigers got back up the canvas. Coahoma fought back and pushed Mississippi Gulf Coast to the limit. The Bulldogs took advantage of a great field position that led to big plays in a 46-21 victory.
Mississippi Gulf Coast set the tone with a 41-yard return by Austin Bolton. Terrion Avery scored a one-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. Coahoma got their offense going with a 36-yard touchdown by Jaylin Jones tying the game 7-7.
The Bulldogs continued to pound the rock with a seven-yard touchdown by Avery. Omni Wells got a piece of the action with a one-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 21-7.
Coahoma made a big mistake when a high snap went over the punter Chasten Lamb and through the end zone for a safety. Mississippi Gulf Coast led 23-7 at the half.
The Tigers had a great drive to start the second half. Jones scored a four-yard touchdown cutting the lead to 23-14.
Coahoma had the Bulldogs in sight when Kyle Jones sacked Chase Lovertich. Lovertich left the game with an injury. LSU transfer Lowell Narcisse stepped in and stepped out with a 35-yard run to midfield. Avery scampered for a 38-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 30-14.
The Bulldog defense chipped in when Jamie Sheriff sacked Myron Norfleet in the end zone for a safety. On the next drive, Norfleet fumbled the snap and London Bowers returned it for a 38-yard touchdown.
Mississippi Gulf Coast put the game out of reach with a 39-yard touchdown by Bolton.
The Tigers continued to move the ball when Norfleet connected with Legend Moore for an eight-yard touchdown.
Mississippi Gulf Coast had 320 total yards including 232 rushing yards and 88 passing yards. Avery led the Bulldogs with 15 carries for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Bolton finished with seven carries for 59 yards, three returns for 68 yards and a touchdown. Narcisse was five of 12 for 57 yards and three carries for 31 yards.
Coahoma had 245 total yards including 138 rushing yards and 107 passing yards. Jones led the Tigers with 19 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Fabian Franklin had 10 carries for 76 yards. Norfleet finished 15 of 30 for 107 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Mississippi Gulf Coast goes to 2-0 on the season. They will host Holmes Community College next Thursday, Sept. 16, 2018.
Coahoma goes to 0-2 on the season. They will start their MACJC North Division play against Northeast Mississippi next Thursday, Sept. 16, 2018. The kickoff will be at 7 p.m. in Booneville, Mississippi. The game will broadcast live at www.coahomasports.com/watch and on our college radio station WCQC 91.3 FM.
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